Obituary: Elaine Joy Brown – Portland Press Herald

Elaine Joy Brown

STANDISH – Elaine Joy Brown died on January 19, 2022 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough after a long and brave battle with lung cancer.

She was born in Westbrook on February 11, 1943 to the late Mary Chase Straw Elwell and George Oakley Straw. She was a 1961 graduate of Samuel D. Hanson High School, where she was a standout athlete. Last summer, she and her husband Richard celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Together they were great dancers and won many dance competitions.

Elaine was the school cafeteria manager at Bonny Eagle High School after many years at BEMS. She coached Standish Little League Softball for several years. An extremely hard worker and along with Richard he cut, split and supplied many cords of wood to others and for himself.

She enjoyed snowmobiling, ice skating, canoeing, fishing, going to the races, listening to country and oldies music, knitting, crocheting and baking. She also enjoyed attending her daughter and grandchildren’s various sporting events and traveling with Richard to watch where they were playing. She loved animals and has had many cats over the years.

Elaine is survived by her beloved husband Richard of 60 years; her siblings Joan Wadas and husband John of Gorham, Patricia and Robert Gallagher of Dade City, Florida, Lee Straw of New Castle, her sister-in-law Norma Wallace of Wilmington, Massachusetts; their four daughters, Lynn Brown and husband William Sanborn of Standish, Tracey Dostie and husband Harvey of Standish, Rebecca McHugh and husband Jonathan of South Portland, and Bonny Brown-Denico and husband Donald Denico of Standish. She also leaves behind 10 grandchildren, Morgan Sanborn, Lincoln Sanborn, Brett Dostie, Amber Carrier, Peyton Collins, Brian McHugh, Michael McHugh, Noah McHugh, Sadie Denico and Aubrey Denico. Elaine is also survived by her six great-grandchildren, Kennedy, Emile, Vivian, Hudson, Eli, and Aurea. She also leaves behind her loving cats, Sophie and Milo.

A memorial service will be held in June at the Chad E. Poitras Cremation and Funeral Service Chapel, 498 Long Plains Rd., Buxton. A reunion of family and close friends of Elaine and Richard follows. Online condolences can be submitted to the funeral home’s website at

Elaine’s family would like to thank the staff at Home Instead, Northern Light Hospice and Gosnell House and their many dear friends who have been very supportive during this time.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending memorial donations to the

Faith and Flossie Scholarship Fund at Bonny Eagle High School

℅Robert Bourget,

700 Saco Road,

Standish, ME 04084 or

League of Animal Shelters

of the greater Portland area

PO Box 336,

Westbrook, ME 04098

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